Video discussion

The Teacher’s Role in Play

In this video, Dr. Deborah Leong provides an interview on the educator’s different roles in supporting children’s play including acting as the builder of an environment conducive of play and understanding the importance of props, the different levels of play, and ways to supporting children advancing to higher levels of play.

After watching this video please answer the following.

  1. What difference does it make when you make props with children instead of buying them for them?
  2. What do teachers need to remember while setting up the environment?
  3. What is background knowledge and how to use it?
  4. What are the signs of the matured player ?

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Q&A Chapters

Chapter 13

  1. What is the importance of dramatic play to a young’s child development.
  2. Discuss the various ways to motivate children in their use of the various two-dimensional media.
  3. Describe the tools, materials and techniques involved in the activity of painting, printmaking, and collage in the early childhood program.

Chapter 14

  1. Describe the development of three-dimensional awareness and the developmental levels involved in working with three-dimensional media.
  2. Explain modeling and describe its benefits for children.
  3. Discuss some guidelines to follow for successful modeling activities.
  4. Explain the value of clay in the early childhood program.
  5. Describe the strategies for working with clay.
  6. Define assemblage and give specific examples of assemblage activities for children.
  7. Explain how to adapt assemblage activities for children with special needs.
  8. Discuss how cardboard may be used for three-dimensional activities.
  9. Describe the benefits of woodworking experiences for young children.

Chapter 15

  1. List what children learn in dramatic play.
  2. Discuss ways to adapt dramatic activities for children with special needs.

Chapter 16

  1. Why are creative movement activities important for young children.
  2. List the benefits of creative movement activities.
  3. List guidelines for planning creative movement activities to meet young children’s needs.
  4. Discuss some general ways to adapt creative movement for children with special needs.

Chapter 17

  1. Discuss the importance of music for young children.
  2. Outline some basic goals for music activities for young children.
  3. List the guidelines for planning music activities for young children.
  4. Explain how to vary the rhythm of the music program.